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Same-Sex Schooling

default article imageComing from a single sex high school I’ve gone through many experiences that shaped who I am as a person and led me to think differently than someone who went to a co-educated high school.  There are pros and cons to schools like this.

According to The Atlantic, scholars claim that single sex education promotes institutional sexism. The studies say that girls are being disadvantaged or devalued as a social group. Since I had the experience of going to an all-boys school, I do agree with the findings. When you’re around a bunch of guys all day there are always the select group that will toss out a racial slur or sexist joke.

For the majority of the time, when men are around women they are more polite and respectful toward them. However, when women are not present men have that freedom to not think before they speak, and just blurt out whatever comes to mind.

However, The Atlantic also states, “Single sex- schools create strong mentoring relationships and keeps class sizes to a manageable level.” In my high school years, I met some of my best friends and made lasting relationships. Also, since the class sizes are smaller, about 20-25 per class, I was able to receive a lot of help and acknowledgement from my teachers. This is a prime example of single sex high schooling creates a bond that will last for a long time. 

According to the Feminist Majority Foundation, men in co-educational schools tend to receive more attention than girls and girls are more likely to be interrupted by male students. With this being said, an argument could be made that co-educational schools create a disadvantage for female students.

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Toxic Relationships

default article imageRelationships are usually supposed to contain the happiest moments of our lives. People go after a love they think they deserve. Dating should be about and being with someone who understands us and brings a simplicity of happiness in our lives. When someone is in a toxic a relationship they are usually brainwashed by the other person that they cannot do better and will not.

 They are frequently told that no one will love them like they do and they point out the other person’s faults. This makes the receiver of the abuse go crazy. They second guess everything they do and they always try to please someone who will ultimately never be satisfied.

Nothing the victim does will ever be good enough to the abuser and they will sit there confused by all their futile attempts to grasp on to someone who claims they love them.

People get stuck in these relationships because once they fear they are not good enough, they don’t know who will date them or who will love them as much as that person loves them. A person, who is already insecure is more likely to stay in a toxic relationship.

Women and men feel that they must fit a certain standard of beauty and when they don’t the person clings on to the only person they think they can be with. Once you become insecure the person you are with might keep pointing these things out and keep degrading you. These people suck. They are insecure in themselves and need to possess a power over you to feel secure. They will constantly use your mistakes and you’re past to judge you and make you grow closer toward them. It is once you realize you don’t need these people that you walk away.

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Sports Journalism: The Uphill Climb for Women

default article imageThere are few industries that are as male dominated as the sports media industry. Over the course of time, journalists who have been assigned to cover sports have been overwhelmingly male.

Women entering the field of sports journalism are often not taken seriously, as viewers have more of a tendency to comment on their appearance rather than the content and analysis that these professional journalists produce.

Unfortunately, when people do focus on the work rather than the looks, they are often critiqued more harshly than their male counterparts. Many fans dismiss their opinions and analysis on sports simply because of the fact that they are a woman in a man’s world.

One of the most criticized female sports media personalities is ESPN Sunday Night Baseball Analyst, Jessica Mendoza. Mendoza, a gold medalist and First Team All-American softball player, joined the ESPN Sunday Night Baseball crew in 2016, and became the first ever female analyst for a nationally televised game in Major League Baseball (MLB) history.

Mendoza, clearly qualified due to her success on the softball field, and a pioneer for aspiring female sports analysts, faces consistent mockery on a weekly basis, more so than her male broadcast partners, Matt Vasgersian and Alex Rodriguez.

 In 2016, Atlanta-based sports talk show host Mike Bell sent out a derogatory tweet regarding Mendoza’s broadcast and said, “You guys are telling me there isn’t a more qualified baseball player ESPN can use than a softball player? Gimme a break!” Later that year, Mike North, a sports talk show host from Chicago said of Mendoza, “ESPN’s Jessica Mendoza is the worst. If she was a man, she’d already be fired.”

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Realistic Meal Prep

Meal PrepMeal prep. You see the hashtags all over Twitter, Instagram and Facebook along with beautiful pictures of appetizing meals that claim to require little to no effort. Hah. How many times have I convinced myself that I would adopt that #mealprep lifestyle only to abandon it shortly after chopping just one vegetable? More times than I can recall, thats for sure.

Here’s the thing, I love to cook and the kitchen is my happy place, so spending a good chunk of my time in the kitchen to prepare the thing I love most in life, food, sounds like a no brainer...right? Wrong.

Being a college student is time-consuming enough, on top of also having a part-time job, all the while trying to maintain a somewhat active social life. You all get it, life has a way of just getting in the way sometimes.

Side note: I am so the type of person to make myself a peanut butter sandwich for dinner on a night that I have absolutely no obligations, yet when I have three papers due, a research assignment and two exams to study for, I suddenly become Julia Child and whip up a freaking four-course Michelin worthy meal. Procrastination strikes at the strangest times...

Back to business: As I was saying, I’m too busy (lazy) to be an intense meal-prepper, but it’s ok! If you find yourself in a similar situation, find out how to make meal prepping work for you. Even if it just means throwing a yogurt and a granola bar into your lunch box (I can’t be the only one who still uses a lunchbox, right?) the night before, so be it! Sure, technically you just threw packaged items into a bag, but alas, in doing so you are now prepared for your next meal, how simple was that!

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Guatemala: Do's and Don'ts

Guatemala Do DontAccording to the Institute of International Education 2017 Open Doors report, 325,339 American students earned academic credit while studying abroad in 2015/16. Another 23,125 U.S. students were involved in non-credit work including internships and volunteer programs abroad.

After a recent credit-bearing, service learning experience in Guatemala with Chris Hirschler, Ph. D. and eight Monmouth University students, I’ve learned that there are many things to consider when embarking on travel associated with an international service-learning course.

Guatemala Public Health (HE 376), involved extensive research and preparation in order to successfully serve people in Guatemala. We served in homes (where we built bunk beds for families and assembled water filters), public hospitals, a women’s domestic violence shelter (Nuevos Horizontes/New Horizons). We cleaned up garbage, distributed water and other items to hospital patients, fed starving animals, and gave health lessons. We also spent time experiencing the local culture through food and conversations, listened to medical and animal lectures, hiked Pacaya Volcano, and enjoyed luxuries like swimming pools, hot tubs, and spas. The following advice comes from my own experience and the perceptions of others based on conversations and interviews.

DO research your opportunities. Find out what is available in terms of destination(s), the goals and objectives, length of travel, supervising faculty, size of the group that will travel, requirements to enroll and travel, the cost of the trip, including obtaining a passport and acquiring the necessary vaccinations.

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Falling in Love with Food

Love With FoodI realized something quite recently and it has made me re-consider my whole relationship with food. My newfound view on life may lead me to become morbidly obese, but so be it, I’ll be smiling bite after bite.

Ok, I’m being a bit dramatic but in all seriousness, the minute you learn to see food as fuel and not as a punishment or something to feel guilty about, life gets a whole lot easier, less stressful and much tastier.

I’ve always been one to treat myself from time to time, but for the most part ever since I was old enough to realize that what I put into my body actually matters and that no matter how confident I may feel, body image is a common thing to struggle with. For this reason, I have been very wary of which foods I choose to consume, and which ones to turn a blind eye to.

In no way am I the vision of health, yes I can pig out on ice cream and desserts and indulge at dinner here and there, but for a while I was letting my desire to achieve a “perfect body” outweigh my need to self-love.

I remember a time back when I was 14 or 15 and I was counting calories. Yes, you read that right. At a time when my metabolism was faster than Usain Bolt, I was concerned with whether or not my breakfast cereal or peanut butter and jelly was going to make me fat. I became so obsessed with tracking my daily calorie intake that eating was no longer an enjoy-able experience for me, but one that required careful thought and calculations, and if you know me, you know I despise anything to do with simple addition or subtraction.

Anyway, I eventually realized that all my fussing over calories, carbs, and cholesterol would get me nowhere in life and I decided that rather than obsess over food, I would learn to love it and find a balance between nourishment and indulgence! I am thankful that I never let my silly calorie concerns get out of hand, as I know that these types of obsessions can turn into eating disorders and self-esteem issues.

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Finding Motivation on Social Media

default article imageIt’s no secret that people spend an absurd amount of time on social media. Love it or hate it, most people find themselves scrolling down their Facebook, Instagram, or LinkedIn timeline and looking at Snapchats a lot more than they would like to admit.

These social media platforms give a sense of pressure of needing to do more with your life. I find myself feeling the need to improve my life after spending time on social media. Although there are sometimes negative ideas surrounding this topic, the effect of social media can in fact be positive.

People on social media are constantly sharing personal information such as job offers, pregnancies, grades, and travels. When you see a post about someone earning a job promotion on LinkedIn for example, you will probably begin to think about your own career and where you stand.

Seeing other people flourish in their careers on social media can have a positive impact on your own. Seeing competition will make you want to work that much harder. LinkedIn is also an app that allows users to share inspiring stories about becoming successful and how to be better person over all. Spending time on this app allows people to learn ways to better their life in and out of the workplace.

The same holds true with Instagram. I follow a lot of accounts that I feel motivate and inspire me to live a better life. Fitness accounts can push you to get up off the couch and become more active.

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Living with the 'Rents

default article imageWhen I say that I’m a senior and I’m a commuter, oftentimes, people think I am living with a group of friends, or maybe I’ve ventured off on my own. But, when I follow that up with, “No, I still live at home,” I’m usually left with an, “Oh that’s cool,” with a tone of voice that matches the very uncool.

There are upsides and downsides to living at home, just like living anywhere would have its pros and cons, minus the issues of paying rent; the only difference being if I get into a fight with one of my roommates, I really won’t hear the end of it.

I’ve obviously lived with my parents since before day one, but, as any kid, I ‘hated’ them at times when I was a moody teenager, and as I got older, I realized, it’s going to be hard to finally move out because of the bond I’ve created with them over the years.

Living with your parents can cause some major headaches; I am one of the main caregivers in my home which means if I have the opportunity to be home, then I am going to go home 100 percent. Dedicating enough time to work, my internship, home, classes, and other organizations I’m affiliated with means that I have to explain to my parents I won’t be home all the time or that I can’t leave campus at the drop of a hat.

For me, I live in a house with my mom, dad, grandma, and my aunt and uncle. It’s easy to lose sight of how simple it is to live on your own when all you’ve ever experienced is a full house--cue theme music now.

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Sweet Potato Tater Tots

Sweet Potato Tater TotsEveryone has a favorite food.  Whether you are an animated bunny who loves carrots, a sailorman who loves spinach, or a monster who loves cookies, you have one.  I remember where, when, and how I discovered mine.  I have been awaiting the mouthwatering taste of them ever since and today I found them again.  I knew I would soon get the opportunity to eat those delicious sweet potato tater tots yet again.   

Before the day I had initially discovered my new favorite food, I had a dream the night before, and in my dream a wizard had come to me and said, “Tomorrow you will find something that you love.”  I woke up and thought to myself what this something could be.  I pondered on it for a while.  Could I find the love of my life today?  How about I find a new song that speaks to me? What if I find a neat rock?  I would have accepted any of these answers, but the result was far better than any of those things could have ever been.  I found my sweet potato tater tots. 

I was on campus here at Monmouth University and I was beginning to become hungry.  This was, of course, a result of me taking too long sitting up in bed wondering what that wizard had meant, but I needed sustenance.  I decided to go to the one place where no one could ever be disappointed.  I moseyed on down to the Dining Hall. 

Once I entered the Dining Hall I could immediately smell an aroma that I had never smelled before.  After I swiped my way in, I journeyed out to discover what that sweet scent sauntering in the air was. 

I then found my seat.  I normally like to sit at the picnic tables that are in the eating area.  It has all the fun of eating outside, but from the comfort and safety of inside.  Once I did this, I began my quest to find out what that smell was.

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Breaking Up Over Text

default article imageBreakups are never easy. They’re usually extremely messy and complicated. Sometimes there is that one outlier and a breakup is clean, simple and easy. In a society whose communication is centered on technology, is it okay to breakup over text?

The answer is no; unless in an extreme circumstance and I’ll tell you why. Once you are in a relationship with somebody, you have dedicated a substantial amount of time to be with them. Nowadays we talk to the person we want to date for a minimum of a month, then start dating and then use the label of boyfriend/girlfriend.

Sometimes this process takes even longer and can go up to six months. Once you have invested this amount of time in a person you want everything to go smoothly but once there is the elephant in the room and you need to breakup do it face to face. To me, breaking up with someone over text is cowardice.

You never get to fully confront the person you have been with and they never get anything more than a “We’re over” text. Also, if we’re being honest here most people would not reply back if they asked, “Oh Why?” We would leave them on read an only a few brave souls would reply. Talking face to face to your past significant other gives them the chance to ask “Why?” and we are forced to sit there and tell them why it did not work out. We get a chance to tell them the reasons why we are truly upset.

 A text to break up with someone is also just plain disrespectful. You’re basically telling your past significant other that you don’t want to go out of your way or make time to really break up with them even though, you put in months and months or maybe even years of hard work to be with them.

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The Spring Break Blues

Spring Break BluesSpring break is said to be when the tan lines may fade, but the memories last forever. Under normal circumstances I would chuck my laptop across the room for having just taken the time to type out that ridiculous quote, however, spring break is over and I’ve got all the feels.

We look forward to this glorious seven day period in which we are free from the grips of higher education and can do as we please, for once! Unless of course your professors assigned work over break… (you know who you are!) Whether you chose to jet off to some tropical island with your friends in search of sun, sand and cheap booze, or you successfully binge-watched your way through Netflix’s library, we can all agree that spring break was both a blessing and a curse.

The first thing I did when I cracked open my new 2018 agenda was create a countdown for break. No matter how many assignments I had piling up, emails I needed to respond to, or whatever other responsibilities life was throwing my way, I knew that as long as I kept my eye on the prize, the prize being March 10- March 16, that I could muster up enough grit to power through my priorities.

Week after week I would look to my countdown as a sort of light at the end of the tunnel, something to bring me back down to earth as I proclaimed for the 17th time that day, “I am so over this semester!”

There is one thing about spring break that they don’t prepare you for: the aftermath. And I’m not just talking about the memories (or lack thereof) and the depleted funds in your bank account. I am talking about the emptiness, people! Those seven days, 168 hours of sweet, sweet freedom and utter bliss are gone, and now all you are left with is a bad sunburn and a beer gut.

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